Jul 26, 2012

The Hypnotist's Love Story, Liane Moriarty

I was thrilled the day I saw that Liane Moriarty had a new book out.  Thrilled with the secret of knowing that the minute I finished working, I would curl up on my new summer pool float and begin reading.  Moriarty's style of writing is like bread and water to a Myers Briggs ISFP person such as myself -- one who experiences the world through one's senses and intuition.
"I moved carefully and slowly, because I was in a million pieces and any tiny movement might have made me disintegrate like a special effect in a movie."
Two unlikely people fall in love and navigate their way through a minefield of human behavior that runs from routine family abrasions to the panicky and frightened heart of a stalking ex-girlfriend, harmless really, poor thing. The hypnotist wrestles with personal ethics as she learns secrets from her hypnotized boyfriend. The boyfriend grapples with parenting his son on his own after his wife dies. The stalking ex-girlfriend struggles with letting go, forgiveness and shattered dreams.

The Hypnotist's Love Story explores humanity in a loving way like a gentle breeze, revealing all the hidden flaws of the human psyche while restoring faith in the goodness of the human heart's core.  These characters are real.  You'll recognize yourself, your family member, your friend and forgiveness, love, understanding will shed a new light on your relationships.

This is the kind of "good" good book that makes you take your time reading, makes you spread it over a few days so as to savor the time spent with interesting characters.
"She seemed to Ellen like someone who had lost everything in a natural disaster, someone who was trying to grapple with the fact that the entire framework of her life no longer existed."

Get the book.  Read it.  Pass it on.
My review of What Alice Forgot, also by Liane Moriarty

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